28 Aug 2019 - 29 Aug 2019
2 guests - 1 room
Curitiba is the largest city in the South Region of Brazil and has a great reputation for cleanliness, safety, and organisation. The city has won awards for sustainability, and was given the title of Best Brazilian Big City to live in by the US edition of Reader’s Digest. Curitiba is a sprawling metropolis, with nine boroughs and almost two million residents.
Despite that, the city has a low crime rate and a lot of green space thanks to botanic gardens, plenty of parks, and tree lined boulevards. Curitiba is also home to the hardest marathon in Brazil, the International Ecological Marathon, which takes place during the height of the summer on a hilly course.
There’s plenty of interesting “bairros” (neighbourhoods) to explore in Curitiba, and the following destinations are well worth a look.
The downtown district of Curitiba is a hive of activity, with lots of shops, restaurants, banks and parks. The neighbourhood is mostly dedicated to recreational activity, and the young population of the bairro reflects that: most of Centro’s residents are aged 20 to 24. The centre’s attractions make it a popular tourist destination, so it’s not surprising that there are plenty of hotels located here. Browse the shops on the Rua das Flores, enjoy the nighlife in the historic quarter, and be sure to check out the Feira do Largo da Ordem: the Sunday morning flea market.
One of the oldest neighbourhoods in Curitiba, Sao Francisco is also one of the most interesting. There’s a heady mix of architecture, with art deco fountains sitting side by side with colonial mansions and modernist tower blocks. There’s a good range of hotels in Sao Francisco, from budget hostels to five star luxury hotels and everything in between. Sights to see include the Church of St Vincent de Paul, and the Praca de Garibaldi.
When Italian immigrants first arrived in Coritiba in the 19th Century, this is where they settled. Although it’s still a mostly residential neighbourhood, there are plenty of top name hotels and a lot of interesting sights. Locals enjoy relaxing in Praca do Japao, a leafy green park dedicated to the city’s many Japanese immigrants. The park includes a koi pond, 30 cherry trees, and a tea ceremony every Thursday.
Many of Curitiba’s most famous buildings are located in the Merces neighbourhood, including the Tower of Mercy which offers panoramic views across the city. The Mural de Poty Lazzarotto, the Telephone Museum, and the Canal do Musica are also worth a look. Hotels in Merces are fairly good value, with a large range of budget hotels and hostels located in the bairro.
This city has a very reliable transportation system. It has so many beautiful parks and the night life is perfect for those trying to stay on a budget.
This is my hometown and I simply love it! It has all the comfort from a big capital city, with more european style and culture, as many immigrants stablished here (italians, germans, ucranians, polish). Lots of options for eating and going out. Cost of living is not the highest nor the lowest in the country, but considering the conversion rate from USD to BRL being U$1 to R$4, it gets pretty affordable to live here with good comfort. Expats and students usually live in Champagnat/Agua Verde areas, which are close enough to downtown, close to all services and easy to use public transportation if needed. Rent can be a bit more expensive in this area, but it's possible to find some affordable places, like studios closer to downtown or older buildings in those areas. A single person can live comfortably with about U$1000/month (BRL 4,000), and a couple would require some U$300 more. The city has lots of green areas, many parks, being Parque Barigui the most popular. Many people go there everyday, and specially on weekends, for exercising or just hanging out with friends. Lifestyle is getting healthier every year, which includes many services and products related to well being. It can get a bit dangerous in downtown and some other neighboorhoods, specially at night. Downtown is not recommended for living. Temperature vary accordingly to season. During winter (june-august) it can get as low as 0 Celcius degress, up to 20 C, and during summer, from 18 to 35 degrees. Srping and Autumn have mild temperatures, but in the past years it's getting hotter, from 15 to 26 degrees. It rains a lot, especially during winter. Curitiba is surrounded by smaller towns which offer a range of outdoor activities such as trekkings, horseback riding, rapel, climbing, mountaineering, waterfalls, and only 1h30 from the coast. The best beach is "Ilha do Mel" (Honey Island), where no cars are allowed and atmosphere is very relaxed and happy. Many surfers go there, as well as young people looking for some nature related fun.
Awesome city with up to 35 parks and almost 100 miles of bicycle paths conecting these parks! It's also a rich city in architecture, culture and gastronomy and it's possible to know a lot of different places riding a rental bike or in a guided Bike tour. One weekend is way to short to explore all the secrets about Curitiba.
Amazing sunset, beautiful city, pleasant place! Spain Square, Batel Soho, Curitiba - Brazil.